drvarun sqMedical 3D Printing & Bioprinting

Dr Varun Tyagi is a medical doctor who practices in India and writes about remarkable and historical landmarks throughout the medical world.  Dr Varun believes that 3D printing can help democratize medical care, making medical devices affordable and available to everyone on the planet.

3D Printed Bones Especially for Ethnically Chinese People by ITRI

 3D Printed Bones especially for Ethnically Chinese People by ITRI

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan has developed bone material specially designed for ethnic Chinese people using 3D printing to combine metal and ceramic composite materials with bionic bone structures, and is expected to come in 2018. The ITRI-developed 3D printed bone material is lightweight, hydrophilic, and fuses easily with existing bone. It’s porous and hollow and can be used to regenerate natural bone, plus it can be easily customized for personalized treatment.

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Functional Kidney With Vasculature Almost Close for Wyss Researchers

 Functional Kidney With Vasculature Almost Close for Wyss Researchers

A team of researchers in tissue engineering, 3D biofabrication, biomaterials design and stem cell differentiation at Harvard’s Wyss Institute is working on 3D Printing a Functioning Kidney Subunit with current work to build branched vascular network unique to each organ. Using advanced 3D Bioprinting from Wyss Institute, Dr. Jennifer Lewis’s organ-on-chips are ready, using special polymer inks for creation of structures made up of human cells, complete with vasculatures and extracellular matrices.

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FDA Guidance and R&D Tax Credits for 3D Printing Companies

 FDA Guidance and RD Tax Credits for 3D Printing Companies

Before 3D Printing Medical Devices can be used for clinical applications, they must first get approval from FDA. On December 4, 2017, the FDA issued a guidance to help speed up the approval process for companies seeking the approval. Additionally, there were Research and Development tax credits that a company can seek to offset 4-7% of the cost associated with testing, process improvement, and production. To receive the research and development benefits, the company must meet the four eligibility criteria set up.

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Physician Drives Long Way to Deliver 3D Printed Prosthetics to Children for Charity

 Physician drives long way to deliver 3D Printed Prosthetics to Children for Charity

A 29-year old, Dr. Lars Brouwers is a physician from Tilburg, Netherlands, who is on a mission to deliver 3D Printed Prosthetic Hands to children who faced war violence in Sierra Leone. For the charity, he is also delivering a desktop 3D Printer, Ultimaker 3 with cost of $3,000 but donated for free by Ultimaker. Using a 1995 Saab for three week long drive to Sierra Leone, they will supporting the charitable international Global Minimum organization, and its Innovate Salone program for school children, with their 3D printed prosthetic hands.

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These 3D Printed Spermbots Are the Ultimate Warriors in Battle Against Cervical Cancer

 These 3D Printed Spermbots are the Ultimate Warriors in Battle Against Cervical Cancer

Researchers from Institute for Integrative Nanosciences (IIN) at IFW Dresden in are working to develop a Biohybrid Sperm Microbot, which could be used in the future to deliver anti-cancer drugs like doxorubicin hydrochloride to cancerous tumors in women’s reproductive tracts, and help in cancer like Cervical Cancer. The tests had already been successful, the team is just working to make the invisible drug delivery system a bit more accessible to hospitals and simultaneously monitor the spermbot’s movement inside the body in real time.

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China Develop Better Method of 3D Printing Patient-Specific Liver Models

 Chinese Researchers develop Cheaper Precise Method of 3D Printing Patient Specific Liver Models

A team of researchers led by Professor Cheng Shujie from Affiliated Hospital of Hebei University, China are unveiling precise 3D Printed Liver Models which have been 3D Printed using Stereolithography for lower costs & precision and can be used for aiding in surgeries. Using two high speed LCD-SLA 3D printers, the team was able to create detailed, life-sized liver model for approximately $80-$90.

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CADskills Titanium 3D Printed Implants Is the Solution to Bone Atrophy

 CADskills Titanium 3D Printed Implants is the solution to Bone Atrophy

CADskills, a medical device startup from Belgium uses 3D Printing Technology to produce patient-specific implants for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) and neurosurgery patients, including its innovative AMSJI, a new generation of subperiosteal implant for extreme maxillary atrophy. To counter bone atrophy, AMSJI eliminates the bone grafting process and its months of recovery time and the surgery takes around 1 hour. These Titanium implants are 3D Printed using Mimics Innovation Suite (MIS) from Materialise.

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Researchers Develop 3D Printed Liver Model for Accurate Drug Toxicity Testing

 Researchers develop 3D Printed Liver Model for Highly Accurate Drug Toxicity Testing System

An international research team collaborated to 3D Print Simple Liver Model using bioprinted tissue to develop a more accurate drug toxicity testing system. The new advancement can construct vascularized tissue, which is then able to mimic drug administration in vivo in 3D bioprinted liver tissue. This new model will allow scientists to observe the in vivo effects of drug absorption without having to actually set up a real in vivo study.

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3D Printing the “Fingers” Made for Music

 3D Printing the Fingers made for Music

The research team, Gil Weinberg, Minoru Shinohara, Chris Fink, and Levent Degertekin, have been working with amputee Jason Barnes, a musician, to develop a prosthetic hand based on Open Bionics’ open source design that can move each finger individually. Instead of electromyogram (EMG), they used Ultrasound to detect muscle movements which allowed them to create prosthetic that could move each finger individually.

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A 3D Printing Accident That Led to Super Tissue Paper With Biological Properties

 A 3D Printing Accident that led to Super Tissue Paper with Biological Properties

During the recent project, where researchers from Northwestern University were implanting a 3D Printed Working Ovary in mouse, Adam Jakus, a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Ramille Shah’s lab, was preparing 3D printing ink made from ovarian cells which he accidentally spilled, ultimately leading to discovery of “Tissue Paper”. This “Tissue Paper” can be used to restore normal hormone function to young cancer patients and restored fertility to women. Research team is planning to use it to repair organs and bioactive Band-Aid that would facilitate the healing of a wound.

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Protosthetics & C2renew Partner to Create 3D Printing Filament for Prosthetic Sockets

 Protosthetics and c2renew Partner to Create 3D Printing Filament for Definitive Prosthetic Sockets

Protosthetics and c2renew, both North Dakota based companies have announced their partnership and work together to 3D Print definitive Prosthetic Sockets with enhanced strength and quality. Developing a 3D Printing Filament, for the Sockets, as well for 3D Printing Orthotics, the two teams came together in creating a combination of industrial polymers and unique strengthening fibers.

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Researchers From University of Oxford Develop Self-Sustaining Cells Using 3D Bioprinting

 Researchers from University of Oxford develop Self Sustaining Cells using 3D Bioprinting

A group of researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new method of bioprinting that involves self-contained, self-supporting cells using a droplet-based 3D bioprinter. Researchers were able to successfully 3D printed human embryonic kidney (HEK) cells and ovine mesenchymal stem cells (oMSCs) at a high droplet resolution of one nL. The ability to 3D print with adult stem cells is believed to have a greater impact on regenerative medicine globally.

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Camber Spine and Renovis Tech Receives FDA (510)k Clearance for Spinal Implants

 Camber Spine and Renovis Surgical Technologies receive FDA 510k Clearance for their Spinal Implants

Two companies recently announced that they have received (510)k clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 3D printed titanium spinal implants. While Camber Spine Technologies from Pennsylvania received FDA clearance for its SPIRA Open Matrix ALIF device, an interbody fusion implant; the other one was Renovis Surgical Technologies from California for its posterior lumbar Tesera porous titanium interbody fusion systems.

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ENEA 3D Printed Walking Stick From Shiro Studio Is the Modern Powerful Tool

 ENEA 3D Printed Walking Stick from Shiro Studio is the Modern Powerful Tool

The ENEA walking stick was designed and 3D Printed by Andrea Morgante, founder of Shiro Studio, a London-based architectural design firm, in 2009. The ENEA stick is developed from a porous internal structure that mimics trabecular bone tissue, and this porous internal structure allows the walking stick to be lightweight yet sturdy, as does its 3D printed construction. The walking stick is stylish yet strong, and also features a twiglike protrusion near one end so that it can be hooked onto desks, tables or counters.

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Indian Students Turn to Fracktal Works to 3D Print Robotic Prosthetic Arm

 Indian Students turn to Fracktal Works to 3D Print Robotic Prosthetic Arm in Final College Project

Four students from MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore had planned to 3D Print a Robotic Prosthetic Arm for their Final project in the college. But things were not easy, for which they turned to Fracktal Works, a Bangalore-based 3D Printing Company which helped the students to optimize their design for 3D printing and add a power source with 12 Gesture codes into the hand. The final device was 3D printed in PLA, in 40 parts, which was then assembled.

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IdiPAZ Researchers in Spain Roll 3D Printed Corneas to Tackle Huge Demand of Donors

 IdiPAZ Researchers in Spain pave way for 3D Printed Corneas to tackle Huge Demand of Donors

Researchers at Biomedical Research Institute of La Paz Hospital (IdiPAZ) in Spain are working to 3D print cornea substitutes, using a patient’s own stem cells and thereby reduce the huge global demand of over 10 million people to donate corneas. The project called ‘Cornal stroma fabrication’ will include use of steam cells from patients to be used for 3D printing the custom corneas and using tissue engineering to regenerate different layers of the cornea for Corneal Transplant.

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Utah’s BYU Unveils First 3D Printed Microfluidic Device Working Under 100 Micrometers

 Researchers from Utahs BYU unveil First 3D Printed Microfluidic Device capable of working below 100 Micrometers

Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah have developed the first working microfluidic device that’s small enough to be effective at a scale less than 100 micrometers using 3D Printing Technology. The key focus involved building their own 3D printer to print at a much higher resolution and using a new, specifically designed, low-cost, custom resin. Also, the digital light processing stereolithography (DLP-SLA) helped them seek low-cost approach for project.

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3D Printed Cancer Cells May Help Researchers Develop Effective Treatment for Breast Cancer

 3D Printed Cancer Cells may help Researchers develop Effective Treatment for Breast Cancer

A team of scientists in New Zealand are 3D Printing Tumor cells using real cells and then using them to develop new treatment plans for Breast Cancer. Dr. Elisabeth Phillips and Khoon Lim, also of the University of Otago, came up with the 3D printing idea and obtained funding to research breast cancer through bioprinted tumors. The team believes it is first of its kind in New Zealand following 3D printing of brain tumor cells in Scotland.

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Researchers Develop Diagnostic Tool Better Than ELISA Using Inkjet 3D Printing

 Researchers develop Diagnostic Tool better than ELISA using Inkjet 3D Printing

Researchers at Duke University have used 3D inkjet printing to create a diagnostic tool that has the potential to be better than ELISA, the diagnostic test for a variety of diseases like HIV AIDS. The 3D printed biomedical tool, called D4 Assay, can be used in point-of-care settings to screen patients, has high accuracy and can reduce the time of diagnosing from days to 15 minutes. It is a self-contained test in the vein of a lab-on-a-chip that can detect low levels of antigens from a single drop of blood. The scientists used inkjet technology to print an array of antibodies onto a glass slide with a nonstick polymer coating.

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Researchers in India Develop 3D Printing Software to Create Prosthetic Ear in One Week

 Researchers in India develop 3D Printing Software to create Prosthetic Ear in just one week

A team from the College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) in India has developed unique software, which helped them make a 3D printed ear in just one week for 32-year-old patient from Kondhwa. The newly developed software is called Osto3D, and reduces the fabrication time greatly. The successful auricular prosthesis surgery was performed last month, when doctors from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) attached the artificial ear.

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Aether and UniSA to Use 3D Bioprinting for Contraception Under Gates Foundation Project

 Aether and UniSA to use 3D Bioprinting for Contraception under Gates Foundation Project

San Francisco-based Aether has announced a project collaboration with UniSA to pursue a 3D bioprinting research breakthrough in contraception using their own Aether 1 3D Bioprinter and the project is being funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the project is to develop an in vitro oviduct model, which will replicate the “spermatozoa capacitation process” in order to screen natural products and novel drugs which will target this process in the oviduct, resulting in a brand new contraceptive paradigm.

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Korean Surgeons Develop Guides for Removing Cancer & Rebuilding Jawbone at Same Time

 South Korean Surgeons develop 3D Printed Guides for removing Cancer Rebuilding Jawbone at same time

A team of researchers at Samsung Medical Center announced that they have a successful method for using 3D printing to rebuild the jawbones of oral cancer patients. Led by Professor Baek Chung-hwan of the department of otolaryngology, the medical team created a 3D printed surgical guide that allows them to rebuild areas of the jaw as well as eliminating areas that are ridden with cancer. The team was able to perform surgery and reconstruction all at once, using the new bone made from the patient’s leg bone, fibula.

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Kickstarter Campaign for Smartphone-Powered 3D Printer Raises $160k

 Kickstarter Campaign for Smartphone Powered 3D Printer raises 160k

T3D, a spin-off from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST, unveiled their smartphone-powered 3D Printer at Inside 3D Printing Shanghai 2015. The Kickstarter campaign was set up since 2012 and it finally managed to raise $160,093 this September for their resin-based 3D Printing. The smartphone 3D printer can cure a 100 micron layer in 15 seconds; it features Bluetooth connectivity and uses a patented UV-curable resin.

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ActivArmor and Aniwaa Receive Funding for Developing 3D Printing Industry

 ActivArmor and Aniwaa receive funding for developing 3D Printing Industry

ActivArmor, a Colorado-based company recently received Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant of $750,000 to develop 3D Printed Waterproof Casts that will prevent water or bacteria from invading the casts. On the other hand, 3D printer comparison website Aniwaa was selected as one of three startups to receive investment funding under the $5 million Smart Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (SADIF). The CEO and Co-founder Martin Lansard believes the funding will help them grow the 3D Printing Industry.

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First 3D Printed Shoulder Implant Surgery Successful in Croatia

 First 3D Printed Shoulder Implant Surgery Successful in Croatia

A 60-year-old man in Croatia had been suffering from an infection in his shoulder, resulting in him losing bone mass and mobility of his shoulder joint. A team of surgeons led by Nikola Matejčić, MD at the Clinic for Orthopaedics in Lovran, implanted a 3D Printed Shoulder which was created using a technology of additive manufacturing, namely the Trabecular Titanium 3D printing technology.

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IV Lab Uses Carbon’s 3D Technology to Boost Development of Tuberculosis Diagnostics

 IV Lab uses Carbons 3D Printing Technology to boost development of Tuberculosis Diagnostic Device

Global Good and IV Lab scientists were developing an accurate diagnostic method for Tuberculosis that costs less to manufacture, is easy to use, and works more quickly than traditional diagnostic methods. However, they were troubled with failures and delays, for which they looked towards Carbon and its DLS-powered M Series 3D printer which helped IV Lab to speed up the Product Development Cycle and successfully field test over 1,000 3D Printed TB diagnostic tests.

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3D Near-Field Electrospinning Method Can Create Scaffolds for Living Tissue

 3D Near Field Electrospinning Method can create Scaffolds for Living Tissue Penn State

A team of researchers from Penn State University, with the support from National Institutes of Health (NIH), have developed a method called 3D near-field electrospinning, or 3DNFES that combines 3D printing and electrospinning, which uses an electric charge to spin nanometer threads from a polymer solution or melt. This new method can be used to place single micrometer-scale fibers, on several different substrates, in a predefined spatial organization, and therefore create framework scaffolds for living tissue.

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Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology to 3D Print Children’s Hearts Models for Surgeries

 Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology to 3D Print Childrens Hearts Models for Surgeries

Cardiologists from Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology have been using 3D Printing Technology to create heart models for patients using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Now they have approached towards more complex, children’s hearts which can help surgeon pre-plan and pre-work forthcoming operations, knowing the defects and risks that can occur with real heart of children.

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Researchers Develop New 3D Bioprinter for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

 Researchers develop new 3D Bioprinter that provides new treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Wollongong have developed a new 3D bioprinter called the Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation (PICT) 3D Printer which can provide a newer treatment to patients of sever Type 1 Diabetes. The Bioprinter, developed by ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and ANFF Materials, is capable of delivering insulin-producing islet cells from a protective bioink into a 3D printed scaffold that can be transplanted and prevent rejection risks.

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3D Printing Center of Excellence Opens Up at Children’s Hospital With Stratasys Partnership

 3D Printing Center of Excellence opens up at Childrens Hospital with Stratasys Partnership

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri is named a “Best Children’s Hospital” by US News and World Report and is now receiving 3D Printing Center of Excellence with brand new Stratasys J750 multi-color multi-material 3D Printers. The center will serve as a space to facilitate innovation in multiple 3D printing-related medical areas, including pre-surgical preparation, medical research and patient treatment.

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Live Surgery for Cancer With 3D Printing Technology Viewed by International Live Broadcast

 Live Surgery for Cancer with 3D Printing Technology gets viewed by International Live Broadcast

Patient Robert Begent was treated with Kidney Transplant last year at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital in London by Professor Prokar Das Gupta, a consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas. The surgery was aided by 3D Printing Technology in form of 3D Printed model. And this live surgery was recorded, which was shown at Worldwide Robotic Surgery 24-hour event by Worldwide Robotic Surgery Education (WRSE) recently.

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Human Earlobe Receives Complex Vasculature With Open Source Vitaprint

 Human Earlobe receives Complex Vasculature with Open Source Vitaprint

The Institute for Development of Advanced Applied Systems (IRNAS), located in Slovenia, operates Symbiolab, an open source-based biolab that focuses on the development of future-proof 3D biofabrication. The company developed Vitaprint, an open source platform which has now been used by IRNAS to fabricate 3D Printed Blood Vessels into a human earlobe using the freeform perfusable vessel and channel systems into bio-compatible hydrogels.

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Researchers Develop 3D Printed Organ Models that React Like Actual Organs

 Researchers develop 3D Printed Organ Models that react like Actual Organs

Dr. Robert Sweet, a urologist contacted a team of researchers led by University of Minnesota to develop 3D Printed Organ Models that were just not some piece of plastic. Using the University’s custom-built 3D Printer, they were able to 3D Print the Organ models that not only look like actual organs, but also feel like them and have same mechanical properties, including the sensors attached that help surgeons predict the tissue damage that can occur.

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Students From Paris High School Form Give Me Five Charity to Distribute Free Prosthetic Hands

 Students from Paris High School form Give Me Five Charity to distribute Free Prosthetic Hands

Joni Inman and Anna Claire Richey, two high school students from Paris High School have formed a charity called Give Me Five with partnership with a software company to distribute 3D printed prosthetics. Their first 3D Printed Prosthetic, which took 28 hours to print and 7 hours to assemble, is awaiting approval from their software company. Although the medical prosthetic hand can cost around $11,000, the Give Me Five prosthetics will cost only $75 and will be distributed around for free to those who cannot afford it.

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3D Printed PEKK Has Higher Anti-bacterial Properties than PEEK

 Oxford Performance Materials Inc. reveals 3D Printed PEKK to have higher anti bacterial property than PEEK

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) Inc., a Connecticut based firm has stated that their 3D Printed Structures with PEKK (poly-ether-ketone-ketone) formulation have high anti-bacterial properties than the usual PEEK (poly-ether-ether-ketone). The study involved Mian Wang and Garima Bhardwaj with Northeastern University in Boston, who examined the 3D Printed PEKK produced using OsteoFab process, and therefore concluded PEKK was more efficient against infections in orthopedic applications.

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Team at Honda Build Custom 3D Printed Arm for Their Colleague

Team at Honda build up Custom 3D Printed Arm for their Colleague

Tony Leonard was born with a rare spinal condition, for which he underwent a surgery. The surgery did help him with legs, but left him with his arm being amputated due to severe infection and ultimately the wheelchair. A group of employees led by Frank Kahle at Honda Plant in Anna, Ohio, helped him by developing a custom prosthetic arm prototypes using 3D Printing Technology, which were improved over 6 successions and helping him walk again.


Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-more-perfect-union-autoworkers-build-prosthetic-hand-for-coworker/

Researchers Move Toward 4D Printing for Transplanted Organs

Researchers move toward 4D Printing to 3D Print Organs for Transplant in Patients

A research team with the University of Alberta in Canada has been working on using the 4D Printing to create 3D Printed Organs for transplant in patients. They are working on 3D Printed resins and believe that the human body would most likely accept a hydrogel organ. The team is currently working on 3D Printing meniscus, or the knee cap that can help surgeons perform surgeries faster and much efficiently.

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Cancer Patient with Destroyed Nose Recovers with 3D Printing

Cancer Patient with destroyed Nose recovers with 3D Printing

Jerry Faber, a patient of cancer underwent multiple surgeries to correct his facial anatomy, however, they failed to recover the disrupted nose he had been left with. Dr. Travis Bellicchi, a fourth-year maxillofacial prosthodontics resident at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, considered the case and 3D Scanned Faber’s face, creating a digital model and then 3D Printing the perfect nasal part for Faber which was implanted within 24hrs.

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Researchers Develop Customized 3D Printed Ear Implants for Conductive Hearing Loss

Researchers develop Customized 3D Printed Ear Implants for Conductive Hearing Loss

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have developed customized prosthetic implants for patients with Conductive Hearing Loss of ear. Removing the middle ear bone in ossicular chain, they then used a CT scanner to capture the imaging data. The Prosthetic implants were 3D Printed using Formalabs Form 2 after being designed with Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite software.

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San Draw Becomes the Hub of Medical Training Simulators

San Draw becomes the Hub of Medical Training Simulators

San Draw was originally founded in 2014 which was the only company to provide Silicone based products. Seeing the over-whelming request for silicone in medical field, San Draw Medical was formed which had been creating Training Simulators since then. Some of the finest products include 3D Printed Silicone Facial Implant for aesthetic surgeons, a 3D printed arm that allows medical students to practice giving injections and a recent Airway Intubation Trainer.

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